Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1961?
Beaver vs. Perry! Bugs vs. Marshal Dillon! Andy vs. Lucas! Who will win?
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The 1961-62 television season served up on the most fascinatingly diverse schedule in history. The big three networks tossed together Westerns, animation, game shows, sitcoms and gritty drama — often all in the same night.
In what other year could you watch Bullwinkle and Bonanza on the same channel? Beaver before boxing? Chimps leading into Barney Rubble leading into Kookie? The success of The Flintstones in the prior year led to loads of cartoons in primetime.
Of course, changing the channel was a chore. With that in mind, pick just one channel to watch each day of the week in 1961! Let's see what is most popular today!
Watch The Flintstones on MeTV!
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We start on Sunday evening, when the family gathers around the television. Pick a channel and stick with it.
Monday! After a hard day of school or work, time to kick back. With one channel.
Tuesday has lots of options! Well, three channels. And you pick one.
Wednesday, Hump Day. It's a tough call!
Thursdays has long been a night for "must-see" TV, going back to 1961.
Why go out on a Friday night with options like this?
Before we get to Saturday evening, we can't overlook Saturday morning cartoons and children's television!
We wrap up on a Saturday night. It's a party on the boob tube!